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As many of you will know, the Advisory Board meets every other month and our most recent meeting was this past Tuesday.  The purpose of the Advisory Board is just that - to advise the corporation.  It has become a time of lively conversation (our meeting this week was 2 hours long!), great suggestions, facing some of the more challenging aspects of being a church, and always giving thanks for the good things that are happening.  

Here are a couple of notes from our recent meeting that might interest you:

- Coffee hour is something people are really appreciating, but we always want to balance the enjoyment of that time with the energy and time it take our dedicated volunteers to produce.  In our conversation we agreed that we never want to 'burnout' any of our coffee makers & cleaning up teams.  It was proposed that everyone who is able in the congregation consider taking on this task once in awhile.  For now, a sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the kitchen and Sundays are there for you and a partner to sign up for.

- Suggestions are always welcome!  And here were a few that were made:

* Please Clarify what this Safe Church Training is all about and who it is for (See "Safe Church - What it is & Who it is for" in this Newsletter)

* Can the priest have office hours so that people can drop in causually when they'd like to? - Great idea, not always easy to stick to every week.  The demands of meetings and visits often require a flexible schedule on the part of the priest.  (See "Ruthanne's Work Schedule & How to Find Her" in this Newsletter)

We also discuss all sorts of ideas - some of which we find we have time and energy for, and others that are put on the 'back burner' for the time being.  This week we talked about a day for Cleaning up and Caring for our Church and decided on Saturday April 29th for that (details coming soon).  Ruthanne and her daughter Amelia are hoping to organize a low-key yard and bake sale in June as a Fund raiser for the church (more details soon).  

One thing that is "on hold" is a Fund Raiser opportunity by selling subscriptions of the product "TruEarth" Laundry detergent.  If anyone in the parish is interested or curious to know what that is about so that they might take the lead, feel free to speak to Ruthanne.

A lot goes on behind the scenes to make our little church run smoothly.  The corportation - the wardens and our treasurer Susan Tremayne-Moon often do hours of work each week that goes without any notice, but is absolutely essential.  And our tireless volunteers also are working away.  Advisory Board is often a place to celebrate, support and dream together as we strive to be who God has called us to be.  A big thank you to all those who participate!